Canada Says Google Wi-Fi Sniffing Collected Personal Data


Chloe Albanesius
PCMag.com
October 21, 2020

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Canada’s privacy commissioner said Tuesday that Google’s recent Wi-Fi sniffing was a serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights and included the collection of personally identifiable information.

Jennifer Stoddart gave the search engine giant until February to implement a series of privacy safeguards; if it complies, she said she will consider the matter closed.

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“Our investigation shows that Google did capture personal information ‚Äď and, in some cases, highly sensitive personal information such as complete e-mails,” Stoddart said in a statement. “This incident was a serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights.”

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